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Previewing the 5 Best College Football Games in Week 6

Rob GoldbergFeatured Columnist IVNovember 3, 2016

Previewing the 5 Best College Football Games in Week 6

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    The college football season is starting to pick up and it will be tougher for top teams to remain undefeated. Week 6 provides some difficult tests for schools in the hunt for a national championship.

    Oklahoma and LSU are each facing conference rivals who can give them troubles. Other Top 10 teams are facing talented, but unranked teams looking for an upset.

    There are fewer marquee games this week than usual, but every week in college football provides loads of drama. Any team with title hopes must play at its best every game to ensure it will be playing in the BCS National Championship in January.

    Take a look at some previews to the five most interesting games taking place on Saturday.

Kansas State vs. Missouri

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    Last week, Kansas State showed it was for real after a big one-point win over Baylor at home.

    Still, the Wildcats are not as good as their 4-0 record implies.The team barely squeezed out a victory over Eastern Kentucky in Week 1, and it is 70th in the nation in team scoring.

    Conversely, Missouri is better than its 2-2 record indicates. The Tigers traveled to Oklahoma a week ago and held their own, only losing by 10 points. A bye week allows the team to have extra time to game plan against Kansas State.

    Quarterback James Franklin has played much better of late, and the team has one of the best rushing attacks in the country.

    Despite being on the road, the Tigers should be able to handle a Kansas State team that will not prove its Top 25 status.


    Missouri 41, Kansas State 24

Alabama vs. Vanderbilt

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    On the surface, this game should be a rout. The No. 2 football team in the country at home against a one-loss team that has struggled historically in the SEC.

    Fortunately for fans, the Alabama-Vanderbilt battle will be closer than many anticipate.

    Vanderbilt did lose its last game to South Carolina, but it had two weeks to prepare for this road trip to Alabama. The defense has been solid all season and the offense will attempt to keep possession as long as possible.

    On the other hand, the Crimson Tide just defeated Florida and might be ready for a slow start as part of a letdown game.

    Alabama will still win, but the team will have to show it has enough character to win when not playing its best.


    Alabama 20, Vanderbilt 10

Arkansas vs. Auburn

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    In a matchup of two ranked teams from the SEC West, Auburn travels to take on Arkansas.

    Auburn was outside of the rankings a week ago. However, after a win over South Carolina and a few big wins by Clemson to prove Auburn's loss was not a bad one, the team is now 15th in the latest AP Poll.

    This does not hide the fact that Auburn has struggled against inferior opponents this season, or that it has not had a strong game from its offense and defense together at the same time.

    Arkansas looks like a better team at this point of the season. Its only loss was to Alabama, and the Razorbacks are coming off a big win over Texas A&M. In that game, quarterback Tyler Wilson put himself into the Heisman discussion after throwing for three touchdowns and more than 500 passing yards.

    Expect Wilson to continue to have his way with the defense of the Tigers.


    Arkansas 35, Auburn 24

Florida vs. LSU

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    Florida took a huge blow this week when it discovered that starting quarterback John Brantley will be out against LSU on Saturday.

    Brantley was off to a solid, if unspectacular start to the season when he went down last week with a leg injury. The No. 1-ranked Tigers did not need any help.

    The Gators are now forced to start Jeff Driskel in his place, but the Gators still have plenty of talent that can help them pull off the upset. Chris Rainey and Trey Burton are game-changers who can score anytime they get into the open field. 

    Still, the Tigers have a good enough defense to handle anything Florida decides to throw at them. They should be able to handle Florida at home after Alabama just did the same.


    LSU 34, Florida 17

Oklahoma vs. Texas

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    For the first time since 2008, Texas and Oklahoma face each other in the Red River Rivalry with undefeated records.

    Oklahoma dropped from the top spot in the AP Poll despite not losing a game. Meanwhile, Texas has been quietly climbing the rankings and come into Saturday's game as the No. 11-ranked team in the country.

    The Longhorns boast a great defense, as they are 12th in the country in points allowed per game with 14.8. Still, it will take a lot to slow down Heisman-candidate Landry Jones and the prolific offense of the Sooners.

    Texas has scored 86 points in the last two games, but it still will not be able to keep up with Oklahoma and its talented offense.


    Oklahoma 38, Texas 34

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